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Calgary experiences a humid continental climate with warm summers and icy winters, with the mercury often dropping below freezing. The mountains in and around the city cause dry conditions, but summers (June to August) do bring a little rainfall.
Winters (December to February) are long and cold, but are occasionally relieved by warm winds called Chinooks. Average daily temperatures in Calgary are 62°F (17°C) in summer and 20°F (-7°C) in winter. The weather in Calgary fluctuates considerably and the daily predictions are often off the mark.
►Our Lifestyle in Calgary page provides an overview of great annual events in the area
"The biggest adjustments here involved the drastically different climate. Coming from sunny South Africa to snowy Canada can be quite a shock to the system. Winters are very cold and with the snow you need lots of layers, jackets, mittens and boots, and this was a huge adjustment for our kids, who were used to running around barefoot most of the year. It’s also quite a challenge to learn to drive safely in the winter conditions."
Learn more about South African expat Catherine's experiences adjusting to life in Calgary.
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